MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: APRIL

HAPPY SPRING, READERS!

April is an amazing month for Canadian crime writing and especially for the Mesdames. We don’t just emerge from hibernation – we ROAR!

With spring comes spring cleaning. Our website is up to date thanks to the work and techie know-how of Mme Marilyn Kay.Marilyn Kay We owe her a huge debt of thanks!

Do check out our updated Who We Are and Anthologies pages. And especially for emerging writers, our resource-rich, Events and Workshops page (formerly Learn from the Mesdames).

April is crime writing award season!

The  2018 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Event takes place on Wednesday, April 18th. The  event stretches across the country from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, B.C. with author appearances and of course, The Big Reveal.

In Toronto, award-winning author, Elizabeth J. Duncan will emcee the event, and special guest, Maureen Jennings will announce the Arthur Ellis Award finalists.

Mmes M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken are delighted to be among the presenters at the Toronto Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Event. For details please see the graphic above.

On Thursday,  April 19th, Mme Caro Soles will announce the finalists for the 2018 Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery. Be sure to check out the Bony Blithe Facebook page  here.

And fingers crossed for the authors whose stories appeared in 13 Claws! The finalists for the 2018 Derringer Awards will be announced shortly.

 

 

 

New Publications and Congratulations!

The 2018 Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Geographical, is now available to readers on Amazon. We’re especially excited because it contains Mme Sylvia Warsh’s story, “The Cabin in the Woods”.

Sylvia and fellow author and Arthur Ellis award winner, Susan Daly, are the only two Canadian authors with stories in the collection.

 

 

Mme M. H. Callway’s  suspense story, “The Cry”  appears in the April issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine, which showcases noir and hard-boiled short fiction.

Mystery Weekly is a Canadian publisher recognized by the Mystery Writers of America.  All stories are eligible for consideration for the Edgar Award.

To learn more about this exciting new publication, to subscribe and to read some great new stories, check out their website here.

 

Edizioni le Assassine has acquired the Italian rights to Mme Lisa de Nikolits’s novel No Fury Like That and the translation into Italian is underway.  Una furia dell’altro mondo will be published in Milan in 2019!

EVENTS AND READINGS!

Tuesday April 10. Mme Rosemary McCracken’s course, Novel Writing II: How to Develop Your Novel starts up again at George Brown College, 200 King St. East, Toronto. Sessions run every Tuesday through June 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Two hours of every class will be devoted to critiquing students’ work.

Prerequisites are the college’s Novel Writing I or an approved equivalent. Register by clicking here. For more information call  416-415-5000, ext. 2092.

Wednesday April 18. Arthur Ellis Shortlist Event. Authors Alison Bruce, Pamela Blance, Mel Bradshaw, M.H. Callway, Sharon Crawford, Rosemary McCracken, Lynn McPherson, Lorna Poplak and Ann Shortell will pitch their newest works to the audience.
Chapters/Indigo, 2300 Yonge St., Toronto. 7-8:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public.

Also on Wednesday April 18thMme Lisa De Nikolits will be reading for the Wonderful Women Writers Series sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE, University of Toronto.

Readings are at 5:15 to 7 pm, Rm 2-227, 2nd floor, OISE/ UT, 252 Bloor St. West. The event is hosted by Dr. Nora Gold, Writer in Residence.

Melodie CampbellOn Thursday, April 19th, Mme Melodie Campbell, will host and moderate a conversation with American best-selling authors, Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke. The event, presented by Harper Collins Canada, takes place at Centennial Hall, Burlington Public Library, 7 pm. Free admission but because of demand, please register at the library at 905-333-9995.

And on Sunday, April 22, Melodie will be interviewed by Mme Donna Carrick on Dead to Writes (see below).  Mel will read “Dog Trap”, her flash story in 13 Claws.

 

On Monday, April 23rd, Mmes Catherine Dunphy, M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits and Marilyn Kay present an evening with the Mesdames of Mayhem at the Pape/Danforth Branch, TPL. They will discuss: Why we love mysteries; You Bet Women Rule the Crime Writing World and Canadian Mystery Writers You Should Know About. Free admission, 7 pm, 701 Pape Avenue. To pre-register, please call 416-393-7728.

Also on Monday, April 23rd, 4-5:30 p.m., Mme Rosemary McCracken joins fellow CWC mystery writers Mel Bradshaw, Sharon Crawford, Nanci Pattenden and Cynthia St. Pierre on an interactive crime-writing panel at the Richmond Hill Public Library, Richmond Green Branch, 1 William F. Bell Pkwy, Richmond Hill, Ont.  The panel will discuss why they write crime fiction, self-publishing and the current publishing landscape, and their own intriguing works. They’ll also give impromptu critiques of the first page of short stories or novels from the audience. The pages will randomly selected.  This is a drop-in event; no need to register or buy tickets. 905-780-0711.

 

Ed PiwowarczykThe first Noir at the Bar of the year, hosted by Rob Brunet and Hope Thompson, takes place on Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 pm at the Wallace Gastropub, 1954 Yonge St.

M. Ed Piwowarczyk will be reading with fellow noir writers J. Kent Messum, Amy Stuart among others.  Ed will be reading from “Snakebit”, his story in 13 Claws.

On Saturday April 28th, Mme Rosemary McCracken  will give a 3-hour workshop—suitable for all skill levels—on the craft of writing a novel at the Whitby Public Library405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ont. The course looks at character development, point of view, the four-act plot structure, and much more.

The second half of the workshop is devoted to critiquing the FIRST PAGE OF NOVELS in progress. The first page is crucial because literary agents and publishers often read no further. To participate, drop off a copy of your first page on or before Saturday April 21st at any of the Central, Brooklin or Rossland branches. (Format: Times New Roman font, 12-point type, 1.5 spacing, one-inch margins. Include the title of the novel.)

The workshop is free. Group size is limited to 16, so register early.
Contact: 905-668-6531 ext. 2020, askreference@whitbylibrary.ca

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

April 1: Interview with author John Rakestraw (Rakestraw Book Designs) and short story reading of “Pretty Sure What Done Him In”, Alex Carrick (Carrick Publishing)

April 8: Interview with author Janet Kellough (The Bathwater Conspiracy) and short story reading of “The Monkey, The Croc and the T-Rex”, Alex Carrick

April 15: Interview with author Jon Strother (The Best of Friday Flash) and reading of short story “The Seagull Poet of Butter Bay”, Alex Carrick

April 22: Interview with author Mme Melodie Campbell and reading of “Dog Trap”, Melodie Campbell (13 Claws, Carrick Publishing)

April 29: Interview with True Crime author and organized crime expert Stephen Metelsky and reading of “Remember Me”, Alexander Galant (Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing)

REMINDERS!

Several important events are coming up in May. Details later this month.

Thursday, May 24th The Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet. Purchase tickets through the CWC website.

Friday, May 26th. The Bony Blithe Minicon and awards banquet. Save the date.

May 26th to 27th, Limestone Genre Expo, Waterfront Hilton Hotel, Kingston 

Join Mmes M.H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken, Madona Skaff and fellow members of Toronto Sisters in Crime in celebrating all works genre!

 

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Sharing Irish Blessings

Joanne Guidoccio

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May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

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May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been
the foresight to know where you’re going
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.

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May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

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May your troubles be less,
And your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.

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May the wings…

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: MARCH

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY READERS!

 

Greetings Readers!

Spring is in the air so we are sprucing up the Mesdames website.  Our overhaul will be done in stages, so stay tuned!

Under Events and Workshops, you will now find the list of the program topics the Mesdames do as a group event. To see what we do as individual authors, go to Learn from the Mesdames.

Look for our new Anthology, Book and Friends pages, coming later this month. And Dead to Writes will soon have a permanent link to our page.

 

NEWS AND EVENTS!

Lisa de Nikolits

On Wednesday, March 7th, 7:30 pmMme Lisa De Nikolits, will be moderating a panel on What’s Life Got to Do With it?  for the International Festival of Authors.

Lisa will steer the discussion on how today’s world impacts our writing. The critically acclaimed poets and novelists on the panel include Lisa herself,  Mayank Bhatt, Terri Favro, Catherine Graham, Kevin Hardcastle and Grace O’Connell.

The event takes place in the  Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Tickets are $10.  Free for IFOA Supporters, students & youth.

To book tickets and to learn more about the panel authors, click here.

 

Melodie Campbell

On Thursday, March 8th, Mme Melodie Campbell hosts an event for her new book, The B-Team, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the  Ancaster Branch, Hamilton Public Library.

Melodie is a long-time supporter of adult literacy. Join Melodie,  the Hamilton Literacy Council, and the Hamilton Public Library for their launch of The B-Team!  Prize for best mob costume! Cannoli and cookies provided by nefarious means.

The B-Team is a spin-off comedy adventure of Melodie’s popular Goddaughter series. Del, Gina’s cousin, teams up with her elderly Aunt Kitty and scary friend, Ritz, to do  wrong for all the right reasons. And sometimes it even works!

 

 

Mme Lynne Murphy is once again leading her drop-in writing workshop for seniors at West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, 313 Pharmacy Ave., Toronto. Sign-up begins in March.

A new session starts Tuesday, April 3, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for the workshop but attendees must be members of the Centre’s Seniors’ Club. Phone the Centre at 416-755-9215 for further information.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Mme M. H. Callway is delighted that her short story, “The Cry”, has been sold to Mystery Weekly, a new MWA-approved publisher of short crime fiction based in Canada! Mad’s story, “The Cry”, tells the story of an elderly assassin who may  have overheard a murder in Hiroshima Peace Park – or not.

 

Big congratulations to Mme Sylvia Warsh! Sylvia is one of two winners in the established writers category for North York in the Ontario Book Publishers Organization writing contest.

The competition celebrates the literary community in  North York, Scarborough, East York and Etobicoke. Two established writers and two emerging writers were picked for each neighbourhood, then assigned to write a piece inspired by that area.

The prize is a cash award and publication. Literary events will be held in the spring featuring the 16 writers.

 

NEWS FROM DEAD TO WRITES!

The Dead to Writes Playlist is growing. It’s now available on iTunes, Google Play and on YouTube!

Every month, Dead to Writes plans to feature the work of one of the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Authors who would like to be considered for an interview on the podcast should apply through the Dead to Writes website here.

Here’s the March line-up of crime fiction authors:

March 1: Interview with author Kevin P. Thornton and  he’ll read his story, “Writer’s Block” (World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing). “Writer’s Block” was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Short Story Award.

March 4: Interview with author and professional editor Toni Rakestraw of Rakestraw Book Designs and short story reading of “The Melancholic Fog Harvester”by  Alex Carrick.

March 11:Interview with noir author, Rob Brunet (Stinking Rich). Donna Carrick reads the short story , “Dancing With Carole”.

March 18: Interview with author Cathy Astolfo and she will read her story,  “The Outlier”  (13 Claws, Carrick Publishing)

March 25: Interview with author and professional consultant, Karl Bimshas and reading of “There’s No Such Thing as Time”by Alex Carrick.

 

REMINDERS!

April will be a busy month for Canadian crime writing:

On April 1st, the Short Mystery Fiction Society releases the finalists for the 2018 Derringer awards in four categories: Flash, Short Story, Long Story and Novelette.

On Wednesday, April 18th,  Crime Writers of Canada hosts shortlist events across Canada where authors and fans learn which books, novellas and stories are up for the 2018 Arthur Ellis awards this year.

And on Thursday, April 19th, the finalists for the 2018 Bony Blithe award will be announced for light mysteries, books that make us smile.

Fingers crossed one and all!

 

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Mystery Mondays: Melodie Campbell on First Person

REMINDER!

On Thursday, February 15th, Toronto Sisters in Crime hosts an authors’ reading night at  7:00 p.m. in Room 200 at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

Ten Sisters in Crime will read from their new or upcoming work, including Mmes M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken and Sylvia Warsh. The meeting is free to members of SinC and non-members are welcome for a $5 admission fee.

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Mme Melodie Campbell is a guest on Kristina Stanley’s blog today and shares some great tips about writing!

KRISTINA STANLEY

I’m so pleased to host Melodie Campbell on Mystery Mondays today. Melodie was one of the first authors to connect with me when I started out. She’s generous with her advice.  She’s full of encouragement. And she’s an award winning author who also teaches writing.

Check below for Melodie’s newest release, The B-Team. So new, in fact, it just came out this week.

So over to Melodie…

First Person Rocks! Here’s what you need to know about the rules…

By Melodie Campbell

(First published on Sleuthsayers Crime Blog in the U.S., 2017)

The rules, the rules…

Always, in my Sheridan College Crafting a Novel class, beginning students are alarmed to find out there are rules to writing.

I’m not keen on rules in general. After all, I became a writer so I could thumb my nose at reality, right? Control the world of my fiction in a way I…

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: FEBRUARY

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY READERS!

February is a busy month for the Mesdames with the year’s first new book launch, lots of readings and events – and of course,  the Ontario Public Library Association’s annual superconference.

 

FIRST NEW BOOK OF 2018!

Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell, our Queen of Comedy, launches her first new book of 2018, The B Team, this month.

They do wrong for all the right reasons…and sometimes it even works.’

Perhaps you’ve heard of The A-Team? Vietnam vets turned vigilantes? They had a television show a while back.

The B-Team’s not them.

But if you’ve been the victim of a scam, give them a call. They deal in justice, not the law.

Celebrate the launch of The B-Team with Melodie on Sunday, February 18th, 1:30 pm at our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street.  Mel will be joined by fellow cozy authors, Alison Bruce and Ginger Bolton  AKA Janet Bolin!

 

THE MESDAMES LOVE LIBRARIANS!

On Friday, February 2nd, Mmes M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Lisa De Nikolits and Caro Soles join forces at the Ontario Library Association’s annual super-conference. It’s become a tradition for the Crime Writers of Canada to pitch their new Canadian crime publications at a conference lunchtime event. A challenge to tell all about your new books in a strictly timed two minutes!

 

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Mme M.H. Callway will introduce 13 Claws, our third anthology, featuring crimes stories with mostly evil animals.  Toronto Public Library has already ordered our book so this is a great opportunity to tell librarians throughout the province about our work.

Mme Lisa De Nikolits will present her critically acclaimed literary thriller, No Fury Like That and  Mme Caro Soles will introduce her Golden Age thriller, A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky.   Mme Melodie will tell the crowd about her new book,  The B-Team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to Mme Rosalind Place for placing 13 Claws at Picton Public Library.

 

 

 

READINGS AND EVENTS!

Marilyn Kay

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On Thursday, February 15th, Toronto Sisters in Crime hosts an authors’ reading night at  7:00 p.m. in Room 200 at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

Ten Sisters in Crime will read from their new or upcoming work, including Mmes M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay and Rosemary McCracken. The meeting is free to members of SinC and non-members are welcome for a $5 admission fee.

Mme Lisa De Nikolits is doing a blog tour with Partners in Crime for all of February and would love fellow crime writers and fans to drop by to say hi and to repost or anything at all :))) Here’s the link: http://www.partnersincrimetours.net/no-fury-like-that-lisa-de-nikolits/

 

Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell joins four other leading crime fiction writers on Thursday, February 22nd, 7 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Community Centre Theatre in Oakville.

The Women of Crime Panel features, in addition to Melodie, Janet BolinJoy Fielding, Barbara Fradkin and Maureen Jennings, five bestselling authors representing the many genres of crime fiction (mystery, cozy, suspense, historical, capers). The authors will discuss the industry and read from their latest books.  Cost: $15 

 

REMINDERS AND OPPORTUNITIES!

Be sure to check out the Dead to Writes podcast featuring a different Deadly Friend and crime short story every week.

Interested in becoming a Deadly Friend and appearing on the podcast? Email Mme Donna Carrick at CarrickPublishing@rogers.com. The email subject line should say Schedule Me for an interview.

 

Mme Madona Skaff asks: Do you keep getting in trouble because of your insatiable need to make up stories? Use your talents for good instead of evil and write those stories down. Then enter them in Audrey Jessup 2018 Award short story contest. 

Open to everyone living in the National Capital Region as well as all members of Capital Crime Writers.

 

And a final reminder to members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The February 3rd deadline for submissions to the 2018 Derringers is coming up fast. You must be a member of SMFS to enter or ask a SMFS member to enter your story on their behalf. Check out the rules here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mystery Mondays: Lisa de Nikolits on Chasing Her Muse

KRISTINA STANLEY

It’s always a pleasure to host Lisa de Nikolits on Mystery Mondays. Not only is she a Canadian author, her enthusiasm and happiness always comes through. She’s got a great story to share with you today.

Over to Lisa…

When the Muse Beckons, Chase Her!

by Lisa de Nikolits

My husband and I ended a rather harrowing 2017 with a lovely trip to Australia to visit my family. We finished the trip with four days in Auckland and it was all wonderful. The weather was great, it was marvellous to see my family – and I wrote thirty five thousand words of a new book!

I hadn’t planned on writing a thing. In fact, I had a few books with me; Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochon (who I had met at Bouchercon, we were fellow speed-daters), The Glass House by Louise Penny, Random by Craig Robertson (who I also met…

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Sleepless nights on the crime beat

Moving Target

Just as exploring the minds and motivations of dark characters may be disturbing for crime fiction writers, journalists covering cases of violent crime may find listening to court testimony unsettling.

Jeremy Grimaldi

The 10 months he spent covering the Jennifer Pan murder trial for YorkRegion.com and other news outlets, and the subsequent year writing A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story (Dundurn Press) were intense and stressful times for Jeremy Grimaldi. “I stopped sleeping well, I stopped doing yoga. It was tough being in this young woman’s world,” Grimaldi told Sisters in Crime Toronto this week.

“But I had to write about it. It was such a crazy, powerful story, and there was no one else to write it.”

In 2015, Pan was convicted of first-degree murder for hiring hit men to kill her parents four years earlier. The attack was intended to look like a home invasion gone…

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SAFE HARBOR #4 at Imajin Books

Great news from Mme Rosemary McCracken!

Moving Target

SAFE HARBOR, the first mystery in the Pat Tierney series, ranked #4 on Imajin Books’ bestseller list in December 2017. And I came in as Imajin’s #4 bestselling author.

Not too bad at all!

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Dead to Writes – the Podcast!

0-Donna Carrick - Dead to Writes PHOTO 10 ICON CORRECTEDHi, everyone! Mme Donna Carrick here, of Carrick Publishing.

Just popping in to the Mesdames’ Website to invite you to subscribe to our brand new Podcast: Dead to Writes!

You can download our audio for free on iTunes podcasts or at Google Play. At a later date, we’ll also be loading back-episodes into YouTube, at our Carrick Publishing channel. (I’ll be sure to share the link when the YouTube stream goes live.)

Tonight, January 1, our brand new Season 1, Episode 2 titled “Snake Oil” will go live, with a fantastic interview featuring Deadly Friend and Mesdames’ founder M.H. Callway!

Our January 1 Episode 1, “Sugar ‘N’ Spice”, featured Deadly Friend Joan O’Callaghan.

Each episode throughout 2018 will include:

  • An interview with one of my favourite authors, who shall heretofore be known as Deadly Friends
  • A short story for our #ReadersOnTheRun segment, read aloud by yours truly
  • Tips for writers as offered by our featured author and/or myself
  • Terrific contest prizes! Qualify by listening to the podcast and answering questions correctly at our Dead to Writes Facebook page!
  • Fabulous original story scoring “Killer in Utopia” and theme music “Eyes of Gold” by Ted Carrick

So please, come on down and join the fun!

Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes.

Or, listen on Google Play Music!

Follow us on Twitter for all the latest PodNews:

@DeadToWritesPod

Attention Authors!

We’re now firming up our 2018 1st Quarter schedule! If you’d like to call yourself one of our Deadly Friends, email me at CarrickPublishing @ rogers . com .

In the email Subject line, say Schedule Me for an interview.

I’d LOVE the chance to chat with you live on Dead to Writes, the Podcast!

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: JANUARY

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Mesdames are looking forward to a busy year in 2018 with new book launches, conferences, readings and events.

Our most exciting news first: Mme Donna Carrick announces an wonderful new venture for Carrick Publishing: podcasting!

Dead to Writes is devoted to crime fiction, especially Canadian crime fiction authors. There will be author interviews, readings – whatever podcast audiences will love.

M. H. Callway

Dead to Writes has been in the prologue / testing phase and is now officially launched. Mme M. H. Callway is delighted to be among the first authors interviewed.  Details of where to hear the podcast, to sign up to subscribe and to apply to be considered for an author interview are on the Dead to Writes website here.

Donna will share more about her podcast venture – and adventures – in her upcoming blog this month.

 

Congratulations and Recognitions!

Mega congratulations go to Mme Sylvia Warsh for the acceptance of her chilling short story, “The Cabin in the Woods” for  Malice Domestic Anthology 13: Murder Most Geographical.  The anthology will be published in time for Malice Domestic 2018.

And kudos, too for the reprint of her Christmas crime story, “The Sun Sets in Key West” in Kings River Life Magazine. Sylvia’s  story first appeared in Blood on the Holly (Baskerville Press), edited by Mme Caro Soles.

A New Year’s treat for readers: read Sylvia’s Christmas mystery  here.

The New Year brings changes and Mme Catherine Dunphy takes on the fearless  leadership of our collective, giving Mme Mad, our founder, a much-earned break to focus on her writing and first grandchild.

Mme Mad has been in the leadership role for nearly five years since 2013!

 

A HUGE THANK YOU  to Mme Lynne Murphy who has been our newsletter editor, blog wizard and webmistress for the past three years. How quickly time goes, especially when things run so smoothly and well!

We are working on updating our website. Look for our new Book Page, updated bios and pics, info on our new members, links and features in the near future.

 

 

 

News and Events!

On Thursday 25th January, Mme Lisa De Nikolits will be at the Urban Folk Art Salon held at the Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mt. Pleasant Road.

The Urban Folk Art Salon is a regular feature presenting poets, singers and songwriters, hosted by Gannon Hamilton.

And on Friday, January 26th, Lisa and her work will be featured on Mandy Eve Barnett’s blog. Connect here.

 

Calling Aspiring Novelists!

January is an excellent time to join that creative writing class you’ve always promised yourself. The Mesdames actively share their knowledge with and encourage new writers.

Melodie CampbellMme Melodie Campbell returns to Sheridan College, Continuing Education to teach Crafting a Novel 1, a 14 week course every Wednesday night beginning Jan 17th. To register go to the Sheridan College website.

 

Mme Rosemary McCracken also returns to George Brown College to head up Novel Writing 2,  How to Develop Your Novel, starting Tuesday, January 9th until March 27th. The pre-requisite course is Novel Writing 1, How to Start Writing Your Novel.  To register, consult the George Brown website, here. 

 

Reminder to Short Crime Fiction Authors!

Submissions to the 2018 Derringer Awards are now open.  The deadline has been extended to  to allow a full 30-day submission period.

No fee to submit but authors must be members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society before December 31, 2017.  Be sure to read the submission rules carefully as the Derringer organizers are very strict. Here is the link. Good luck!

 

 

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